Gary Woodland shot a one-over par 73 Thursday morning in the first round of the Scottish Open. Woodland’s round put him in a tie for 107th place with 16 other golfers, eight strokes behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Mark Tullo.
The tournament, which many PGA touring pros use as a warm-up for next week’s British Open, is being played at the 7,050-yard Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland.
Woodland, a native of Topeka and graduate of Kansas University, never had been to Great Britain before arriving for a two-week stay to participate in the Scottish Open and then the British Open. He has earned $2,381,229 in 2011, ranking him 13th on the PGA Tour money list.
Golf Channel coverage of the Scottish Open started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. It will begin at the same time Friday and is scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Woodland is scheduled to tee off at 6:55 a.m. Central time (12:55 p.m. Scottish time) in the second round. With the projected cut line coming in at one or two strokes under par, Woodland will need to play better in his second round to make the cut.